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China beer market is declining but individualization and online purchases have risen

The beer market in China has declined recently but individualisation and people buying their beer online has risen in the country, according to Thomas Delory, global procurement team leader, Packaging...

Beverage Bites: News up to September 17, 2015

The reaction to AB InBev and SABMiller announcement: Beverage Bites special

Yesterday AB InBev and SABMiller confirmed they are exploring a mega-brewer tie-up, which would create a force controlling an incredible 30% of global beer volumes. So what would this mean...


5 things we learned about appealing to ‘healthy beverage shoppers’

Appealing to health-focused shoppers isn’t always easy. Linda Gilbert, the founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, had some tips to make it easier for the beverage and dairy industries....

Lagunitas deal shows big potential for US craft beer worldwide: Mintel

There’s still room for newly minted superstars in the worldwide craft beer industry, one Mintel analyst says.

Dateline Southeast Asia

Vietnam's fizzy drinks market going great guns as category escapes tax

While consumers have been curbing their intake of carbonated drinks in many markets, in Vietnam soft drinks consumption looks set to break the 1bn litres barrier this year.

China direct

12.5% of beverages failed Chinese inspections in first-half of year

More than one in 10 drinks on sale in China did not meet national standards in the first six months of this year, China’s food regulator has announced.

Brown-Forman strong in US, but global economy leads to sales drop

Although net sales were up in the US, the rough global economy lead to a down quarter for liquor giant Brown-Forman.

Demand for coffee hurts grower nations economically, researcher says

First-world coffee demand harms grower countries near the equator, according to a researcher from the University of Kansas.

China direct

Coffee making inroads on China’s tea hegemony

Tea has a long history in China and is still the country’s most popular drink, but coffee is catching up slowly but surely, a new report from Canadean has revealed....

Chennai, India, plant will be up and running by the end of next year

Rexam refuses to stop investment activities despite Ball Commission concerns

Rexam says its Q2 2015 financial results are in line with expectations, and claims ‘although the Ball offer is taking some of our time, we continue to manage the business...

‘Small format packs expected to grow more than 50% until 2020’

SIG Combibloc launches smallest carton for first time in Indonesia

SIG Combibloc has launched its smallest carton pack 80ml into Indonesia for the first time.

South Asia radius

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Fivefold spike in sugary drinks sales worrying diabetes campaigners

Nestlé to open $120m food processing plant in Dubai, creating 400 jobs

Nestlé is investing $120m in a 175,000m² manufacturing facility in Dubai to produce Nescafé coffee and Maggi products, creating 400 jobs.

SIG Combibloc confirms $70m investment to expand carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil

SIG Combibloc has confirmed it will spend $70m to expand its carton packaging capacity by 40% in Brazil.

China, India, Brazil and South East Asia in high spirits for liquor, says spiritsEUROPE

Growth for spirits lies in export markets such as China, India, Brazil and South East Asia as EU consumption slumps, says trade association spiritsEUROPE.


Hindu leader outraged by Amrut whisky’s ‘highly inappropriate’ name

Hindus have lashed out at the name of India’s first single malt whisky, according to one self-styled “statesman”, who branded Amrut—which, as amrta, is also the sacred nectar of immortality—“highly...

Tetra Pak launches eBeam to replace hydrogen peroxide sterlization of its packaging material

Tetra Pak claims it is the first company to use electron beams (eBeams) to replace hydrogen peroxide H₂O₂, in its carton filling machines.

Exclusive interview

Exclusive interview: Tetra Pak on why eBeam is a breakthrough technology in the beverage carton industry

Tetra Pak announced the launch of its E3 filling machine with eBeam technology at Fispal Technologia this week.

Rum deal: Brazil fights for global recognition of its sugar cane spirit cachaça

Brazil and Mexico have signed a declaration calling for the mutual recognition of cachaça and tequila as two distinct and genuine products.

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

Vitro to go ahead with Monterrey expansion

O-I speaks out about its $2.15bn Vitro F&B glass container acquisition

Owens-Illinois (OI) has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Vitro, the largest supplier of glass containers in Mexico, expected to close within 12 months.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag partners with second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has installed two high-speed El-Exis SP injection moulding machines at Chilean plastics processor Envases CMF production facility in Pudahuel, Chile.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe

Who made my tea? Stories help brands reach savvy millennials

Millennials do not succumb to the ‘wooing’ of big brands; rather, they are looking for a niche brand with a story, alongside the chance to engage with other consumers, according...


China to dominate world wine consumption; Australia has most to gain

Asian countries led by China will dominate global wine consumption in the next three years, leading to dramatically changing markets that will see Australia among the main beneficiaries.

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